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Gear for the Journey: Photographing while Backpacking

Gear for the Journey: Photographing while Backpacking

Hey what can possibly be more fun than photographing and backpacking? A chance to to have some adventure and spend some quality time photographing the landscape is something to savor. And so the preparing, planning and getting things together in advance is also a part of the adventure too. Really builds the anticipation.  There are [...]


Free Desktop Wallpaper: Blue Ridge Mountains

Free Desktop Wallpaper: Blue Ridge Mountains

  Last light falling on the Blue Ridge Mountains.   Click on the correct size below to match the resolution of your monitor. 1920 Wide 1680 Wide 1280 Wide   Macs: For Safari users, once the image appears in your browser, right click (or control+click) with your mouse and choose ” use image as desktop”. [...]


Free Desktop Wallpaper: Great Smoky Mountains

Free Desktop Wallpaper: Great Smoky Mountains

Beautiful first light falling over Sparks Lane in the heart of Cades Cove. The fog adds a bit of mood to the scene highlighted by the dogwood tree in full bloom.   Click on the correct size below to match the resolution of your monitor. 1920 Wide 1680 Wide 1280 Wide     Macs: For [...]


New Print Folio: Southwest Dreams

New Print Folio: Southwest Dreams

  Very excited to offer a new print folio which is titled Southwest Dreams. The folio is a collection of 12 prints on 8.5″ x 11″ Canson Baryta Photographique paper and housed in a die cut archival cover. Print folios are a great way to experience the subtle tonalities and details of a fine print [...]


Free Desktop Wallpaper: Canyon de Chelly

Free Desktop Wallpaper: Canyon de Chelly

  Dancing light at Spider Rock in Canyon de Chelly National Monument. Navajo land in Northern Arizona. Click on the correct size below to match the resolution of your monitor. 1920 wide 1680 wide 1280 wide   Macs: For Safari users, once the image appears in your browser, right click (or control+click) with your mouse [...]


Free Desktop Wallpaper: Horseshoe Bend

Free Desktop Wallpaper: Horseshoe Bend

  Painted colors in the sky and desert just outside of Page, Arizona at Horseshoe Bend. Click on the correct size below to match the resolution of your monitor. 1920 wide 1680 wide 1280 wide   Macs: For Safari users, once the image appears in your browser, right click (or control+click) with your mouse and [...]


Everglades e-Book review by Paul Marcellini

Everglades e-Book review by Paul Marcellini

  I’ve been a fan of Paul Marcellini’s work for some time now and have also been really eager to return to South Florida and photograph for a long time. So, I was very excited to see Paul release a PDF e-Book on photographing the Everglades. I think if you have limited amounts to time [...]


Free Desktop Wallpaper: Gunnison National Forest

Free Desktop Wallpaper: Gunnison National Forest

  Early morning light falling on the distant mountain ridges in the Gunnison National Forest. The timing was right with the alpine wildflowers in full bloom and the winds were just calm enough for the long exposure. Fantastic morning in the high country. Click on the correct size below to match the resolution of your [...]


Free Desktop Wallpaper: Roan Mountain Morning

Free Desktop Wallpaper: Roan Mountain Morning

  Early morning light at Roan Mountain showing the view from Jane Bald to Round Bald with Catawba Rhododendron in bloom in the foreground.   Click on the correct size below to match the resolution of your monitor. 1920 wide 1680 wide 1280 wide   Macs: For Safari users, once the image appears in your [...]


Spence Field and Russell Field Hike Report

Spence Field and Russell Field Hike Report

  It’s great to have hiking friends who will call you up on  Friday afternoon and say, “Hey, what are you doing this weekend?”. Such is my friend Mark who loves to take off for some intense hiking. It’s cool because he really doesn’t care where we go, just that we get away and spend [...]


Art in the Wildflower

Art in the Wildflower

Woodland wildflowers of the early spring are always a welcome sign to me and a subject that I l love to photograph. Although there are some challenges to photographing wildflowers, the composition possibilities are endless   and you’ll never run out of ways to explore this amazing display. One of the challenges you’ll encounter when [...]


Cades Cove Magic

Cades Cove Magic

A morning at Cades Cove usually turns out to be a morning well spent. No matter how many times I’ve visited, each morning turns out to be different, offering something interesting to photograph. The Cove takes you back in time a little bit, makes you think about what life might have been like 100-150 years [...]


Art of the Crop: Composition in Post

Art of the Crop: Composition in Post

  How you decide to crop an image is a definite artistic choice, one that you make in the field and certainly one that you can make in the digital dark room. And with the Virtual Copy feature in Lightroom you can make different crops and see what works best without consuming a ton of [...]


Return to Spring: Great Smoky Mountains

Return to Spring: Great Smoky Mountains

Springtime in the mountains is always something I look forward to. The sense of anticipation of spring really begins to build and I can’t get to the Smokies quite fast enough! Part of the excitement is the unknown. Although I’ve been to the Smokies every spring for many years, each visit reveals something new. There [...]


eBook review: Visual Flow by Ian Plant with George Stocking

eBook review: Visual Flow by Ian Plant with George Stocking

  Ian Plant and the crew at the Dreamscapes blog are a group of talented photographers who also happen to be great writers that infuse quite a bit of humor into their posts. They produce must-read material for the landscape photographer in particular. Visual Flow is an ebook by Ian Plant and George Stocking that [...]


Free Desktop Wallpaper: Zion National Park

Free Desktop Wallpaper: Zion National Park

    The hike to the Subway in Zion National Park is quite an adventure. But it’s the beauty along the way that’s equally as stunning as the destination. Click on the correct size below to match the resolution of your monitor. 1900×1200 1680×1050 1400×900 Macs: For Safari users, once the image appears in your [...]


Free Desktop Wallpaper: Valley of Fire

Free Desktop Wallpaper: Valley of Fire

  Valley of Fire is a magical place of color and stone that captivates the imagination. The low late afternoon side light created some cool conditions to photograph the stone and sky. Wonderful place to explore and photograph. Click on the correct size below to match the resolution of your monitor. 1920×1200 1680×1050 1280×800 Macs: [...]


Clearing Storm: Bryce Canyon National Park

Clearing Storm: Bryce Canyon National Park

The forecast was not good. Any time a winter storm with a name is approaching, look out! But after making the late night drive from Zion to Bryce we were hoping for just a brief glimpse at sunrise. I was hiking and photographing with good friend and business partner Ken Koskela. We had originally planned [...]


Waiting on the Watchman: Zion National Park

Waiting on the Watchman: Zion National Park

Optimism. There are a lot of tools in the gear bag of a landscape photographer but maybe none more important than optimism. I’d been to Zion several times and always wanted to photograph the Watchman in some cool light. As is often the case, the skies turn out to be blank and nothing really interesting [...]


Photographing the Subway: Jewel of Zion National Park

Photographing the Subway: Jewel of Zion National Park

Zion National Park in southwestern Utah is a photographer ‘s dream, especially in the Fall with the Cottonwoods and Maples on full display. And high on the list of locations to photograph in Zion is the iconic Subway. It’s just an incredible place that’s impossible to describe or even tell the complete story through photographs. [...]


New eBook by Robert Rodruguez Jr.

New eBook by Robert Rodruguez Jr.

  One thing I love about the creative community is when someone steps up and shares insights with clarity that really resonate. Robert Rodriquez Jr. is one of those folks who can articulate the thoughts behind images and describe the emotional piece of the creative process. Robert’s latest eBook title is Insights from Beyond the [...]


Free Desktop Wallpaper: Fall in Colorado

Free Desktop Wallpaper: Fall in Colorado

  There is fall and then there is fall in Colorado. From the Gunnison National Forest down to the San Juans and the Uncompahgre Wilderness, Colorado provides some incredible places to hike and photograph in the fall. The ever changing mountain light combined with the intense colors of the Aspen groves make for some fantastic [...]


Notes on Composition in the Landscape: Framing

Notes on Composition in the Landscape: Framing

Fall is here now and for the landscape photographer, it’s a great time to be out exploring and just taking in the beauty of the season. And the compositions are endless from the grand scenics to the more intimate scenes and even the macro world. The colors, shapes, and textures are just mesmerizing. But you [...]


Notes on Composition in the Landscape: Simplify

Notes on Composition in the Landscape: Simplify

  How do you go about photographing a forest? It’s actually not that easy. But one tool for composition that you’ll want to keep in mind is to simplify. And that’s especially true for forest scenes. So many times I’ve just been blown away by the surrounding forest but just couldn’t work out a composition. [...]